The Dhaka National Medical College inherits her glorious predecessor the Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital, which was established in 1925 as a part of Non-cooperation movement of the Indian Sub-continent against the British colonial rule, organized jointly by the Indian National Congress and the Indian Muslim League under the Leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Mawlana Muhammad Ali and Mawlana Sawkat Ali.

Along with other programs the Non-cooperation movement urged upon the People of the sub-continent to boycott educational institutions established and administered by British Govt. and to establish National Schools, Colleges and Institutes for modern scientific education by the local people themselves. Accordingly two Medical Institute were established in the Bengal Province for producing National Doctors of modern medicine. One such Medical Institute was at Calcutta, named Calcutta National Medical Institute Hospital and the other at Dhaka, named Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital.

Behind the establishment of this prestigious Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital which still stores the visitors book containing the blessings with own hand writing of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Srimatij Poddaja Naidu, great Brammachari and many other freedom fighters of Indian Independence movement.

When, quit India Movement was at its peak and movement of “Boycott all British” was very strong, at that time with the leadership of some famous sons of Bengal like Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray, Khawaja Nazimuddin KCIE, Dr. J.C. Ghosh, Jogesh Chandra Das and many others in 1925, this National Medical Institute Hospital was established at 53 Johnson Road and they started producing National Doctors as a sign of “Boycott all British” including the medical Institutions. Since then this Institution was producing National doctors and was serving a vast population of East Bengal.

Actually the Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital was established at Dhaka near Bahadur Shah Park on a land donated by Zamider Raghunath Das. Many Nationalist donated money for its construction & establishment. The First Governing Body of the Institute was formed under the chairmanship of a renowned scientist Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray.  The governing body included Nationalist leaders like Sir Khawaja Nazimuddin KCIE (Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire), former Chief Minister of the Begnal, Dr. J.C. Ghosh founder of Ayuraveda Institute, Shadhana Ausadhalya, Roy Bahadur Kashab Chandra Banarjee, Zamider Jogesh Chandra Das and prominent persons.

The Institute started its journey of a four year medical course on modern scientific medicine after matriculation.

In 1965, the then Govt. of Pakistan stopped the teaching programme of the Institution and the hospital itself was rather ignored.

That was the bad time for the mere existence of the hospital. But by the great sacrifice of few National doctors like Dr. Golam Gilani, Dr. Nripen Sen, Dr. Kazi Kafiluddin, Dr. Nuazzem Hussain, Dr. Munir Ahmed, Dr. Kasimuddin Ahmed, Sister Kushumdi, and some Local social workers, the hospital survived its bad time. In 1968 Dr. Lutafar Rahman, Sister Gita Sarker Joined the sacrificing arena.

In 1971, during Liberation war of Bangladesh the Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital was a safe shelter for the Freedom Fighters of the Liberation War. Just after the liberation of Bangladesh in 1972 the hospitals condition was on the verge of collapse due to financial crisis and absence of any Administrative Body as the previous Governing Body and the Trustee Board of the Institute were almost absent.

In 1972, Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took initiative by himself to rescue the Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital and granted a Taka of thirty five lacs immediately for running the hospital and an Adhoc Governing Body was formed for the Institute hospital under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Sirajul Islam MLA for the smooth administration and development of the hospital. Mr. M. Sirajul Islam took active initiative to allocate a donation of taka twenty five lacs from Bangladesh Assistance Society of India.

From the very beginning the Management Board of the Dhaka National Medical Institute Hospital proposed and moved for establishing one Medical College with the DNMIH. At last in 1994, the long expected Dhaka National Medical College came into existence. The College was formerly inaugurated and the foundation stone was laid by the former Prime Minister on the 15th October, 1995. The first governing body of the college formed by Dhaka University in 1997. The First Chairman of the Governing body was Mr. Mohammad Hanif who was the first elected mayor of Dhaka City Corporation.

Now the college has emerged as one of the best Medical College in Bangladesh.


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